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OneTouch awarded Malta B2B software licence

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Innovative mobile-first slot and table games developer plans rapid content roll out to tier one brands on the island

Mobile-first games developer OneTouch has been awarded a B2B software licence from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) enabling it to roll out its cutting-edge content to a wealth of tier one brands within the rapidly growing jurisdiction.

The B2B ‘Critical Supply Licence’ is a milestone moment for one of the rising stars of the slot and table games market as the industry enters one of its busiest periods and operators look to refresh their casino offerings in the run up to Christmas and the New Year.

OneTouch, known for its stunning portrait games that deliver a world-class mobile experience, has had a stellar 2019 launching a string of new table game titles including High-Hand Hold’em, Baccarat Supreme, and the world’s first portrait mobile version of Andar Bahar, one of India’s most popular card games.

This year has also seen the disruptive developer launch its first slot titles including Sumo Showdown, Lucky Lion and Golden Stripe, a unique game ideal for the Asian market whose 1×3 stepper slot-style adds a sense of uncomplicated elegance as players try to match symbols.

In an exclusive partnership with Premier League football team Watford FC, OneTouch also developed a branded slot game for last year’s FA Cup finalists.

In addition, OneTouch has signed a series of high-profile 2019 commercial agreements with leading content aggregators such as BetConstruct and QTech enabling its games to be distributed to a vast array of brands and new and established markets.

Ollie Castleman, Head of Marketing, OneTouch, said: “Gaining MGA licence approval is a milestone moment for the business and gives us a huge opportunity to rapidly grow our footprint on the island with some of the industry’s biggest names.

“We have some stunning new products in the pipeline and we’re really excited to be able to offer them to tier one brands in Malta.”

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BGC Unveils New Code of Conduct for Design of Online Games

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To improve the safety of players and tackle problem gambling, the UK Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has unveiled a new code of conduct for the design of online games.

The new code of conduct follows on from the Safer Gambling Commitments published by the BGC in 2019 and is further evidence of the industry body’s commitment to driving up standards.

Among the major commitments included in the new code are minimum game cycle speeds of 2.5 seconds, the ending of turbo play, which allows players to speed up games, and the scrapping of multi-slot play, where a player can place multiple stakes on different games at the same time.

The code also introduces further mandatory checks on players’ activity to introduce breaks in play. All of these measures will be in place by the end of this month.

Michael Dugher, chief executive of the Betting and Gaming Council, said:

“The BGC was set up last year with the aim of leading a race to the top in terms of standards within the regulated betting industry.

“The new Game Design Code of Conduct is yet another example of our determination to address concerns head on and meet our safer gambling commitments.

“I’m sure that our members will embrace this approach and commit to its objective of improving player safety.

“And as we prepare for the forthcoming Gambling Review, it is further evidence of our industry’s commitment to improving standards – unlike the completely unregulated black market.”

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Macau Lawmaker Jose Maria Pereira Coutinho Calls for Legalisation of Online Gambling

Niji Narayan

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Macau lawmaker Jose Maria Pereira Coutinho has urged the enclave government to legalise online gambling in order to help overcome the economic challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Macau should introduce interactive gaming. The Macau SAR government should establish official standards and regulations on interactive gaming, and develop interactive gaming software together, in order to increase revenue from gaming tax and to further develop gaming industries,” Coutinho said.

Gross gaming revenue in Macau is down 81.6% January through August, casino win totalling roughly $4.5 billion. The six licensed casino operators in the Chinese Special Administrative Region won approximately $24.8 billion during the same eight months in 2019.

Taxes from casino gambling account for nearly 90% of Macau’s government revenue. With the money plummeting due to the coronavirus, and the enclave largely isolating itself from the rest of the world, including the mainland, Coutinho believes taking casinos online is a viable remedy.

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Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling Calls for New Online Gambling Licensing System

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The Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG) is calling for the creation of a new online gambling licensing system. OVWG says a modernised national licensing system for sports betting and online gambling could generate up to €50m in revenue for sports clubs.

Claus Retschitzegger, president of the OVWG, said: “Austrian sport is one of those areas of society and the economy that have been hardest hit by the Corona crisis.

“The current infection figures in Austria and the resulting tightening of restrictions give cause for concern that the economic situation for Austrian sport will continue to deteriorate in the coming months.

“Austrian sport and the gaming and betting providers have always been important business partners, which is why we want to support them in this difficult situation.

“A permanent way to make more money for sport is to introduce a contemporary online gambling licensing system.

“With additional taxes and license fees, €30m to €50m can be earned and dedicated to Austrian sport.

“This would help them – in addition to the existing sports funding and sponsorship services – without further burdening the state budget which is already strained by COVID-19.

“The idea of ​​the OVWG is to replace the long outdated monopoly in the online area with a licensing system.

“In the future, licences should no longer be limited in terms of quantity but should be linked to compliance with high player and youth protection standards. Only those companies that meet these high standards and submit to state control should receive a licence.”

“A modern licensing system, as almost all EU countries already have, would bring further added value to Austria and ensure the attractiveness of the business location,” Retschitzegger added.

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